Beaver Creek Valley State Park


Area and County

    Houston County
    Southeast Minnesota

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1,216 acres statutory, 706 owned


Summer Map


N43 38.664, W91 34.737

Hiking Trails

8 miles


No hunting

Ecological Classification Province  

Eastern Broadleaf Forest Province

Ecological Classification

Paleozoic Plateau


The Blufflands

Land Type Association(s)

Alluvial Plain

Altura Ridgetops

Brownsville Slopes

Caledonia Ridgetops

Elba Slopes

Native Plant Communities1

Algific Talus: Dolomite Subtype

Black Ash - Sugar Maple - Basswood - (Blue Beech) Seepage Swamp

Dry Bedrock Bluff Prairie (Southern)

Elm - Basswood - Black Ash - (Blue Beech) Forest

Mesic Limestone - Dolomite Cliff (Southern)

Mesic Sandstone Cliff (Southern)

Oak - Shagbark Hickory Woodland

Red Oak - Sugar Maple - Basswood - (Bitternut Hickory) Forest

Red Oak - White Oak - (Sugar Maple) Forest

Southern Dry Cliff

Southern Mesic Cliff

Sugar Maple - Basswood - Red Oak - (Blue Beech) Forest

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Kirk Nelson

Pedestrian bridge over Beaver Creek (a sign nearby reads, "Only one person at a time")

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Overlook near the Switch Back Trail

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Beaver Creek, looking upstream from the pedestrian bridge

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  Sarkar Family, USA Travel Beaver Creek Valley State Park August 2011
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  W4F - Webisode #7 - Fly Fishing "Beaver Creek Valley State Park" Camping and Fly Fishing

Published on Sep 24, 2013

Ken Tanaka of Wish4Fish takes you Beaver Creek Valley State Park for some Fly Fishing and Camping.




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Six bird species with conservation status in Minnesota and one tracked species have been seen here:



Loggerhead Shrike (Lanius ludovicianus)


Special concern

Acadian Flycatcher (Empidonax virescens)

Cerulean Warbler (Setophaga cerulea)

Louisiana Waterthrush (Parkesia motacilla)

Purple Martin (Progne subis)

Red-shouldered Hawk (Buteo lineatus)



Bald Eagle (Haliaeetus leucocephalus)


Minnesota DNR Bird Checklist

eBird Field Checklist


American Black Duck (Anas rubripes)

American Crow (Corvus brachyrhynchos)

American Goldfinch (Spinus tristis)

American Redstart (Setophaga ruticilla)

American Robin (Turdus migratorius)

Black-capped Chickadee (Poecile atricapillus)

Blue Jay (Cyanocitta cristata)

Canada Goose (Branta canadensis)

Dark-eyed Junco (Junco hyemalis)

Eastern Bluebird (Sialia sialis)

Eastern Kingbird (Tyrannus tyrannus)

Northern Cardinal (Cardinalis cardinalis)

Veery (Catharus fuscescens)

White-breasted Nuthatch (Sitta carolinensis)

American Robin

Canada Goose

Dark-eyed Junco

White-breasted Nuthatch

Fungi and Lichens Scarlet Cup (Sarcoscypha austriaca) Scarlet Cup
Insects and Arachnids

American lady (Vanessa virginiensis)

green blowfly (Lucilia sp.)

margined carrion beetle (Oiceoptoma noveboracense)

mourning cloak (Nymphalis antiopa)

pearl crescent (Phyciodes tharos)

margined carrion beetle

eastern fox squirrel (Sciurus niger)

whitetail deer (Odocoileus virginianus)

eastern fox squirrel

Fifteen plant species with conservation status in Minnesota and two species on the watch list are found here:



Carey’s sedge (Carex careyana)

Iowa golden saxifrage (Chrysosplenium iowense)



bog bluegrass (Poa paludigena)

James’ sedge (Carex jamesii)

silverleaf grape (Vitis aestivalis var. bicolor)

spreading sedge (Carex laxiculmis var. copulata)


Special concern

ebony spleenwort (Asplenium platyneuron)

Goldie’s woodfern (Dryopteris goldiana)

large-fruited black snakeroot (Sanicula trifoliata)

Short’s aster (Symphyotrichum shortii)

silver false spleenwort (Deparia acrostichoides)

squirrel corn (Dicentra canadensis)

twinleaf (Jeffersonia diphylla)

white wild indigo (Baptisia alba var. macrophylla)

yellow pimpernel (Taenidia integerrima)


Watch list

jeweled shooting star (Primula fassettii)

nimblewill (Muhlenbergia schreberi)


Minnesota Biodiversity Atlas Plant List


Plants frequently found in:

Algific Talus: Dolomite Subtype CTs46a2

Black Ash - Sugar Maple - Basswood - (Blue Beech) Seepage Swamp WFs57b

Dry Bedrock Bluff Prairie (Southern) UPs13c

Elm - Basswood - Black Ash - (Blue Beech) Forest MHs49b

Mesic Limestone - Dolomite Cliff (Southern) CTs33b

Mesic Sandstone Cliff (Southern) CTs33a

Oak - Shagbark Hickory Woodland FDs38a

Red Oak - Sugar Maple - Basswood - (Bitternut Hickory) Forest MHs38c

Red Oak - White Oak - (Sugar Maple) Forest MHs37b

Southern Dry Cliff CTs12

Southern Mesic Cliff CTs33

Sugar Maple - Basswood - Red Oak - (Blue Beech) Forest MHs39b



American basswood (Tilia americana var. americana)

American cow parsnip (Heracleum sphondylium ssp. montanum)

American elm (Ulmus americana)

American hophornbeam (Ostrya virginiana var. virginiana)

bloodroot (Sanguinaria canadensis)

blue vervain (Verbena hastata)

bristly buttercup (Ranunculus hispidus var. nitidus)

bur oak (Quercus macrocarpa var. macrocarpa)

Canada goldenrod (Solidago canadensis)

Canada wildrye (Elymus canadensis)

common burdock (Arctium minus)

common evening primrose (Oenothera biennis)

common milkweed (Asclepias syriaca)

common motherwort (Leonurus cardiaca ssp. cardiaca)

common mullein (Verbascum thapsus ssp. thapsus)

common strawberry (Fragaria virginiana)

eastern false rue anemone (Enemion biternatum)

eastern prickly gooseberry (Ribes cynosbati)

eastern redcedar (Juniperus virginiana var. virginiana)

eastern white pine (Pinus strobus)

Greek valerian (Polemonium reptans var. reptans)

ground ivy (Glechoma hederacea)

hoary vervain (Verbena stricta)

May-apple (Podophyllum peltatum)

northern hackberry (Celtis occidentalis)

northern pin oak (Quercus ellipsoidalis)

northern red oak (Quercus rubra)

orange daylily (Hemerocallis fulva)

paper birch (Betula papyrifera var. papyrifera)

plains cottonwood (Populus deltoides ssp. molinifera)

quaking aspen (Populus tremuloides)

Queen Anne’s lace (Daucus carota ssp. carota)

rue anemone (Thalictrum thalictroides)

scouring rush horsetail (Equisetum hyemale ssp. affine)

sharp-lobed hepatica (Anemone acutiloba)

showy goldenrod (Solidago speciosa)

showy orchis (Galearis spectabilis)

silvergreen bryum moss (Bryum argenteum)

spotted water hemlock (Cicuta maculata var. maculata)

Virginia spring beauty (Claytonia virginica var. virginica)

Virginia waterleaf (Hydrophyllum virginianum var. virginianum)

white oak (Quercus alba)

wild blue phlox (Phlox divaricata ssp. laphamii)

wild geranium (Geranium maculatum)

wild parsnip (Pastinaca sativa)

winter cress (Barbarea vulgaris)

yellow marsh marigold (Caltha palustris var. palustris)


Anemone acutiloba (sharp-lobed hepatica)

Arctium minus (common burdock)

Asclepias syriaca (common milkweed)

Barbarea vulgaris (winter cress)

Betula papyrifera var. papyrifera (paper birch)

Bryum argenteum (silvergreen bryum moss)

Caltha palustris var. palustris (yellow marsh marigold)

Celtis occidentalis (northern hackberry)

Cicuta maculata var. maculata (spotted water hemlock)

Claytonia virginica var. virginica (Virginia spring beauty)

Daucus carota ssp. carota (Queen Anne’s lace)

Elymus canadensis (Canada wildrye)

Enemion biternatum (eastern false rue anemone)

Equisetum hyemale ssp. affine (scouring rush horsetail)

Fragaria virginiana (common strawberry)

Galearis spectabilis (showy orchis)

Geranium maculatum (wild geranium)

Glechoma hederacea (ground ivy)

Hemerocallis fulva (orange daylily)

Heracleum sphondylium ssp. montanum (American cow parsnip)

Hydrophyllum virginianum var. virginianum (Virginia waterleaf)

Juniperus virginiana var. virginiana (eastern redcedar)

Leonurus cardiaca ssp. cardiaca (common motherwort)

Oenothera biennis (common evening primrose)

Ostrya virginiana var. virginiana (American hophornbeam)

Pastinaca sativa (wild parsnip)

Phlox divaricata ssp. laphamii (wild blue phlox)

Pinus strobus (eastern white pine)

Podophyllum peltatum (May-apple)

Polemonium reptans var. reptans (Greek valerian)

Populus deltoides ssp. molinifera (plains cottonwood)

Populus tremuloides (quaking aspen)

Quercus alba (white oak)

Quercus ellipsoidalis (northern pin oak)

Quercus macrocarpa var. macrocarpa (bur oak)

Quercus rubra (northern red oak)

Ranunculus hispidus var. nitidus (bristly buttercup)

Ribes cynosbati (eastern prickly gooseberry)

Sanguinaria canadensis (bloodroot)

Solidago canadensis (Canada goldenrod)

Solidago speciosa (showy goldenrod)

Thalictrum thalictroides (rue anemone)

Tilia americana (American basswood)

Ulmus americana (American elm)

Verbascum thapsus ssp. thapsus (common mullein)

Verbena hastata (blue vervain)

Verbena stricta (hoary vervain)

American cow parsnip

Canada goldenrod

common burdock

common mullein

eastern false rue anemone

Greek valerian


Queen Anne’s lace

rue anemone

sharp-lobed hepatica

spotted water hemlock

Virginia spring beauty

wild geranium


Two reptile species with conservation status in Minnesota have been seen here:



timber rattlesnake (Crotalus horridus)


Special concern

five-lined skink (Plestiodon fasciatus)


common garter snake (Thamnophis sirtalis)

common garter snake




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